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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon comes an exciting and thought-provoking science fiction epic—a grand story of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years.What would happen if the world were ending?A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain . . .Five thousand years later, their progeny—seven distinct races now three billion strong—embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown . . . to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth.A writer of dazzling genius and imaginative vision, Neal Stephenson combines science, philosophy, technology, psychology, and literature in a magnificent work of speculative fiction that offers a portrait of a future that is both extraordinary and eerily recognizable. As he did in Anathem, Cryptonomicon, the Baroque Cycle, and Reamde, Stephenson explores some of our biggest ideas and perplexing challenges in a breathtaking saga that is daring, engrossing, and altogether brilliant.
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"The 1st half of this was great, although their solution to saving humanity from a meteor shower induced death was dumb. 2000 people in little spaceships, most of them untrained teenagers with nothing to do but social media, was appalling. No way they'd last 10 years, nevermind 5000. The 2nd half was worse. Random people survived on earth by living under the sea/rock, only to be visited by the descendents of the 7 surviving women from space. Aka the 7 eves. Groan. "
"Harder sci-fi than I usually read, but very approachable. The human part of the book is well written although I found the end a little too pat. Recommended for sure!"